Fernando Alonso a Genoveva Lopez , Daniel Manrique and Jose Maria Vines Facultad de Information, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Madrid, Spain; Aulatika S.L., Madrid, Spain
Educational research and development into e-learning mainly focuses on the inclusion of new technological features without taking into account psycho-pedagogical concerns that are likely to improve a learner’s cognitive process in this new educational category. This paper presents an instructional model that combines objectivist and constructivist learning theories. The model is based on the concept of a learning objective which is composed of a set of learning objects. A software tool, called the Instruction Aid System (IAS), has been developed to guide instructors through the development of learning objectives and the execution of the analysis and design phases of the proposed instructional model. Additionally, a blended approach to the learning process in Webbased distance education is also presented. This approach combines various event-based activities: self-pacecj [earning, live e-leaming and the use of face-to-face contact in classrooms.